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How to Teach Reading with Phonics

I cannot live without books.... -Thomas Jefferson

You may not know this about me, but one of the reasons I pulled my boys from public school was my dissatisfaction with the way they’re teaching kids how to read now. I have literally seen it set kids up to be unable to spell or sound out difficult words. Of course, my boys were both already reading when they started kindergarten, but you know that scene in To Kill a Mockingbird where Scout’s teacher has a hissy fit because Scout hasn’t learned to read from the school?

Well, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but the lessons on how to read with sight words and all the other rigamarole confused them, for sure.

Y’all, reading is too important to risk that way.

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Dinner and a Movie: Peter Rabbit

The Peter Rabbit Dinner and a Movie features recipes for Chicken & Veggie Noodles, Broccoli Tots, and Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread for a fun family night

If you want to see me laugh in childish delight over and over again, put in Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and watch me go.

From the tongue-in-cheek opening song sequence to Peter’s antics and the hilarity of watching McGregor squirm, I am hooked.

The great thing about this film is that my entire family (even the teenage boys) feels that way about it. It may not be exactly the story we love from the book, but it’s a great story that gives you plenty of opportunity to compare and contrast.

And did I mention it’s funny?

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10 Benefits of a Literature-Based Homeschool

There are many benefits to a literature-based homeschool beyond creating lifelong readers. Find out why you should teach your kids with literature.

Having a literature-based homeschool is the most important thing in my life. There’s a reason college is lit-heavy. Literature expands your thinking and introduces you to subjects and events you might otherwise never experience. It helps you think about life in new ways and moves you outside the zone of your daily life. Kinda why they call it ‘expanding your horizons.’ Your brain really does expand.

If you bring up your kids to think in a variety of ways from the get-go (and therefore come from a place of natural expansion), they’re going to be those outside-the-box grownups that today’s career world loves.

And that’s what we all want for our kids. To be creative thinkers and doers. Believe it or not, a literature-heavy homeschool can truly help with that.
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